So I graduated from Uni in December last year, and have basically been home every day since then (excluding going out/shopping/friends/etc.).
I just started full time work on Monday, and up until today thought everything was going pretty cruisy. Our dog was pretty used to being home alone before December because I was at Uni every day and my partner at work.
But today I got home and instead of going to play outside with her like I normally do, I took her to the toilet and went to feed her because my partner & his Dad are installing the shed out the back.
When I fed her, she started eating super excitedly as she usually does, then as soon as I went to walk away (she has a pen behind a baby gate for when we aren't around), she started doing an extremely high pitched whingey and loud bark, and jumping at the gate. She's never done this before and usually always focuses on food over us. I've heard this could be a form of separation anxiety.
Does any one have any experience in dealing with this? I'd like to nip in the bud before it gets any worse.
I was going to go get an adaptil diffuser/collar, but I've read and heard mixed things. I figure like anything, it could work for some dogs and not for others. But I'd also like to do some form of training/distraction techniques/anything else I can to make her more relaxed.
As far as I'm aware she doesn't have any other separation anxiety behaviours (no destroying furniture/walls/etc.).
I'm a full time RN, I work all day and completely random shifts (AM/PM/Night/Any day). My partner does 4 days a week between Friday and Monday. This coming week I'm on Monday - Friday.
I think on Monday I'll probably try and set up a camera or something to record her while we're gone.
She also doesn't seem to mind when we're actually leaving. Does not whinge/cry/back, etc.